Life is about beginnings and endings. About endings and beginnings. And about transitions between them. Here’s what you need to know about transitioning to retirement.
I received what could be the ultimate compliment for a writer yesterday. I was preparing to conduct a preparing-for-retirement workshop when one of the participants pulled me aside to thank me for my book Retirement Ready? Yes, that’s a compliment, but it’s what came next that took it to another level.
When it comes to retirement, you have almost endless options in front of you. In a sense, it’s as you discard options that you begin to focus on what you will do and who you will be—or become. One of the options could be to continue to work where you are now.
A Bucket List can be helpful when planning your retirement. What are the things you want to experience in your retirement? Answering that question can help with the bigger retirement picture.
Some things will come easily to mind as you plan your retirement and what you’ll do. They include the holiday; the more relaxed lifestyle; and who you want to spend time with. But it isn’t always as easy to work out what you will do that’s significant in these years.
It’s almost Christmas and that means holiday time is coming for most. That’s a time to relax, time to catch up with friends and family, time to think. This relaxed mode can be the ideal time to think about your retirement.
It might be worth trying the ‘stick person’ approach to work out what’s really important to you in your retirement. Although not designed specifically for retirement, it’s a tool that helps you understand yourself, your different interests, your priorities, and how they fit your personal story.
Traditional retirement planning for couples is fatally flawed and often based on assumptions that, in reality, may not be so. Added to that is the possibility that preparing for retirement may have focused on finances with little thought for anything else.
While many may want to retire early, few will achieve it. In this podcast, we reflect on what’s needed to make it happen. The story of John Wick, who retired at 53 years of age, helps to illustrate what can happen.
There are moments or experiences that make you reassess your life. For John and Mandy Ahern it came from a 400-day trip across Europe and into Africa in an old campervan with their two young children. It changed how they thought about life.